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Josef Gitschthaler668Kaufrausch, Konsumzwang oder Besinnliche Weihnachten Shopping frenzy, pressure to consume or  thoughtful ChristmasBesinnliche Weihnachten / thoughtful Christmas2013-12-22 19:00:0045  
Slooh158,989*Slooh Space Camera to Broadcast Annular Solar Eclipse with Ring of Fire live from Australia* Slooh Space Camera will broadcast a free, real-time view of the *Annular Solar Eclipse* from Australia.  Viewers can capture a first look of the eclipse on Slooh.com, Thursday, May 9th starting at 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT / 21:30 UTC as the Moon’s shadow begins its journey over Australia on its way to eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, the Gilbert Islands, and finally over the Pacific Ocean. *Viewers can watch live on their PC/MAC or by downloading the free Slooh iPad app in the iTunes store and touching the broadcast icon.* The Slooh broadcast team, along with Bob Berman, author of numerous astronomy books, and contributing editor and monthly columnist for Astronomy magazine, will provide live commentary.  As a special treat, Slooh will broadcast an additional feed of the Sun from the Prescott Solar Observatory, a fantastic facility located in Arizona - giving viewers a unique look of the Sun from the other side of the world. *Download the free Slooh iPad App:* www.appstore.com/slooh *Slooh Annular Eclipse Video:* http://youtu.be/_MZQRFIxJiY #solareclipse   #ringoffire   #eclipse   #annulareclipse   #sun   #moon   #lunar   #slooh   #hangoutsonair  Slooh's Coverage of Annular Solar Eclipse2013-05-09 23:30:00357  

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Vinod Kalathil10,560My Morning Circle - April 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from April 2015.A perfectly timed capture by +Gaurav Rayal https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GauravRayal1/posts/MVsQzMNsemVA scintillating sunset by +Larry Beekman https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LarryBeekman/posts/ieZxa5BAciLAn inspiring Sardinia sunrise by +Daniele Fontana https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DanieleFontanaPhotographerSardinia/posts/hBwz217gYiEIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-05-01 15:57:15295301048
Lexidh Solstad30,471This is my April engagers circle! These are (most of) the people who commented on my posts in April =) Thank you for making it more fun to be here on G+! 2015-05-01 10:40:33155000
Cableicous3,815Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus2015-04-26 01:53:34262116
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,972#FF   #followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2015-04-24 18:39:4321732029
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,374+Steve Golfing here is my awesome men who comment circle2015-04-13 14:37:43216000
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,172#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2015-04-10 17:17:1321547061
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker114,028this is my awesome men who comment circle  cc +Curt Cranfield 2015-04-09 00:05:302161606
Gailen Mapes85,206Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 8 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-04-08 10:45:40172001
Lexidh Solstad30,341March engagers circle =) Most of the people that commented on my posts in March are here. Thank you for making it more fun to be here! 2015-04-02 19:24:24152309
Vinod Kalathil9,891My Morning Circle - March 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from March 2015.A walk through the misty woods by +Doug Hagadorn https://plus.google.com/108212748463061367877/posts/jFYuB3Kjec2An explosion of colors by +christopher kimball https://plus.google.com/111057386379962578487/posts/Uiq552YvmeSA stunning long exposure from +Barbara Manciulli https://plus.google.com/+BarbaraManciulli/posts/YuzDu1qVkSuIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-04-02 04:19:54299317
Cableicous3,746Thanks for all teh cablez: year 3Thanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand year of beautalicious cableicousness - our third.Your cables are much appreciated and your continued contributions give me much pleasure.Thank you!.And a new year begins.#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus2015-03-27 10:42:1422225378
Allan watson24,441Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#by #the #scholar #John #Chadwick #A #major #cache #discovered #by #Carl #Blegen #at #the #site #of #ancient #Pylos #included #hundreds #of #male #and #female #names #formed #by #different #methodsSome #of #these #are #of #women #held #in #servitude #as #study #of 2015-03-25 06:54:49432145
Camila Pedraza0Great people who love to like and have friends,this is my elite circle and i want to shared with you.2015-03-22 13:48:15110002
John Hannah16,330Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and #share this #circle!#from #sa #but #ancient #transitions #due #to #the #lack #of #literary #contexts #are #difficult #to #catch #in #the #act #The #most #likely #vehicles #were #the #ancient #geographers #and #historians #such #as #H #ere #all #Greek #Roman #civilization #Hellenized #extensively2015-03-20 10:46:374847875105
Random Art977Shared circle with active people#art #abstract #quotes   #fractal   #mandala  #artists2015-03-18 02:06:50314000
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:28:11328015
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:39328005
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:02328003
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:26:42328005
Gailen Mapes81,161Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 8 of 27Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to March 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting February 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-03-08 10:41:00176000
Cableicous3,675Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for another grand week of beautaliciousness.And, yet again, it's another circle of 23.And a new week begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2015 #cableriacirculus #23s #twentythrees #twentythree2015-03-07 23:53:1723102
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker113,300#followfriday  my awesome men who comment circle2015-03-06 20:08:2521069463
Random Art5722015-03-02 10:53:37307106
Vinod Kalathil9,526My Morning Circle - February 2015 EditionAs many of you know I started this rolling circle of photographers whom I reshared in the last 12 months. I have learned so much from these photographers and it has helped me come a long way. Here are some of my favorites from February 2015.A beautiful winterscape from +Nicole Botembe https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/YYY47ijATYfAn ethereal scene from +Susanne Barczyk https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/WjTFc26sBgKA beautiful sunset from +Howard Grill https://plus.google.com/110063128841143711459/posts/h2ZPMKTVZdzIf you get a notification, you are in this circle. To stay in the circle, you don’t need to do anything other than keep posting beautiful shots! However, any plusses and reshares will be most appreciated to spread the word. If you add the people in this circle, you can be rest assured that you will discover some great talent. If you do not want to be a part of this circle, please send me a personal message and I will remove you from this and future circles.2015-03-01 16:22:59299541476
Lexidh Solstad29,791February engagers circle! These are (most of) the people who commented on my posts in February! Thank you for making it even more fun to be here on Google+ =)  #circleshare   #engagers   #appreciationcircle   #february  2015-03-01 14:34:151573114
Rok Šimec33,177This circle contains people who are very active on Google+. These are people who will share and re-post your circles and other content. This is a good circle to connect with each other and gain followers. I highly suggest adding each person in this Circle to your circles as they are likely to interact with you.2015-02-27 20:04:13492523680
AyJay Schibig86,473ALL KINDS CIRCLE  2.18.15  by +AyJay Schibig Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to give some variety to your circles!  Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia  2015-02-19 04:56:22500474861
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker112,626#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2015-02-13 17:59:3220551263
Gailen Mapes78,631Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to February 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting January 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-02-11 11:28:23173849
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker111,805#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2015-01-23 18:05:3322064453
Circles Circles Circles49,036SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/fVX5bZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/GNkGJhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/s9RkeEMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/W8VDbBPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/9c5A3XSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/4UAeINTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/whvLzNG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/jNZdWf#circleshare   2015-01-22 16:19:121067218
Bettina M.671This circle contains wounderful people who really are interesting and active on Google+.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!My favorite Communities:Canary and friendsMoments of Art#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #news #update #birds 2015-01-21 20:14:12413229
steph wanamaker111,441#followfriday  Here is my awesome  men who comment circle 2015-01-16 16:20:1121960566
Gailen Mapes75,138Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to January 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting December 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcirclesNote: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2015-01-11 12:18:061733310
Review Car Models0BEST CIRCLE 10 JANUARY 2015------------------------------------------------                BEST Circle Share By Review Car Models                          New Year Share and Be Shared                    If you want to be shared in this circle                          Boost your visibility on Google+                 Watch entertainment video                    FULL Car Models                                   Car PICTURE                2015 Car VIDEO                   Share the circle! GET MORE QUICKLY CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER ON GOOGLE+HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE------------------------------------------------Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.-------------------------------------------------FOLLOW ME TO GET MORE CIRCLE AND FOLLOWER HERE http://goo.gl/k1HNfE-------------------------------------------------    #Automotive    #Cars    #Ford    #BMW    #Toyota    #Audi    #Ferrari    #Vehicle    #Honda    #UsedCars    #Auto    #AutoRepair    #Lamborghini    #Chevrolet    #Driving    #ClassicCars    #Nissan    #CES2015    2015-01-09 21:41:24500324
Frank Gainsford53,086A circle of people who either post or share stuff that is about science 2015-01-09 10:11:403392512
Ryan Johnson22,911This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-09 09:58:40478202143
Dirk Müller20,345Circle, circle in the stream, who are my most engagers these daysThis is a circle to say thank you. Thank you to all of you who commented or shared my work. You all are awesome and make Google Plus such a nice place to share my pictures.If you would like to be a part of my Most Engaged Circle you mustn't plus this post, comment it or share it (but you can) To be a part of the next circle you just have to interact with me by commenting or sharing my work. Not more ;-)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #topengagers #awesomepeople2015-01-09 09:00:1549912929177
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292344
Jan Havrda44,066*Zombie Attack!*Grab this circle in case of the emergency. This is an essential group of people you need for a fight with bloody enemies of any kind. Even immortals.This is *Not-A-Zombie* circle made of meatpopsicles. #NotAZombieCircle   #NotAZombie   #Circle   #Not   #A   #Zombie  2014-12-27 23:35:094068227119
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494241839
Cableicous3,427Thanks for all teh cablezThanks muchly to all those who have contributed their #Cableicous  imagery for the 16th circle of #Cableicous  contributors.And a new cirlce begins...#photography #cables #cableicous #circleshare #2014 #cableriacirculus2014-12-26 01:16:0199113
Alessandro Folghera55,894TOP VIP SEO Circle #TopSEOSharedCircle #sharedcircle #SEO  #SEOMonsters  #SEOMasters #SearchEngineOptimization  Join me on:Linkedin : http://it.linkedin.com/pub/dir/alessandro/folgheraTwitter : https://twitter.com/folgheraFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/afolgheraFoursquare : https://it.foursquare.com/folgheraPinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/folghera/Instagram : http://instagram.com/folghera/To be included in my weekly share, just:1 - Engage me2 - do +1 t the post3 - comment the post and give me the category you would prefer to belong (marketing, seo, photography, fashion ...)4 - include the circle among your circles5 - share the circle (include yourself)#SEO   #circleoftheday   #myseoissocial #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday   #afo   #folghera         #sharewithyou        #circlefriday   #circlethursday  #followme     #followers #followback 2014-12-21 08:43:39501261939
Doris Scott284#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:58:08500639
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,672this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-12-12 18:57:5221166266
Gailen Mapes73,436Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Canon Camera S - 11 of 31Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members. These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity). Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to December 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting November 7th.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag and sort by "recent."I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles   #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes .   Thanks for your cooperation.2014-12-11 11:51:41177219
Serkan Mutan3,573"My Special Circle" 1. Add me to your circles ,if you haven’t done already2. Plus & share this circle in public3. Leave a comment ! warm regards....*☆´¨)  . ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨) Special Circle (.¸.•´ (¸.•`☆*+Abdul Rahman Mohammed +Aheste Beste +Allan Raymundo +Andrew Smith +angelic labru +Adevarata Romanca +Ahmet Bogush +Andreas Bradtke +Andrey Bogdanov +Angelika Wicke +Bernd Flicker +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE +Artem Kashkovskiy +Basia Schwartz +Beena Limaye +Bernd Hau +Birgit Backlund-Palander +Cyrelle K. +2014-12-07 21:03:46417457
steph “gingerninja” wanamaker110,550#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle! hoop em up and your stream will be perfect!#circleshare2014-12-05 17:06:0120851261
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Atanas Georgiev Atanasov2,751SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FRIENDS : Circle V.1.11. Link to my own scientific research topic: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212005/  To be included in future circle-editions, please ENGAGE: add me to your own circles/+1/re-share/comment on the original circle-post, or on some of the other science-related posts on my wall (this is needed since the number of people that could be circled is limited from Google – and therefore I am forced to keep included just the most active users). Currently featured science-related GOOGLE PLUS post:https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/8LU6LVz75jxI would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #nutrition    #ScienceSunday   #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech   #GameTechnology    #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch    #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol   #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct   #artists   #foodies   #cars   2014-11-27 06:30:22451423271

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2015-05-15 02:45:13 (138 comments, 61 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Mountain View, we have a problem

Dear Google, I’m your friend. Really I am. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t take time to tell you there’s a problem. I’m not rage quitting, that’s an easy way out and unworthy of what you’ve built. I’m going to try to make this place better and if not, I’ll find someone, who’ll help me build a better place. That’s not an idle threat, because you know there are smart people with drive out there. Complacency and lack of direction make incumbents vulnerable. 

so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late (B. Dylan) 

TL;DR
GPlus needs to change and put humans in the middle instead of compartmentalizing us neatly. Suggestions for improvement are also provided. A user group advising and providing feedback would be a good start.  Stop here or proceed at your own peril.


What do you want tobe when you grow up?... more »

Most reshares: 74

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2015-05-23 10:28:45 (121 comments, 74 reshares, 2219 +1s)Open 

Comfort

This is Ginger snuggled comfortably into one of her favorite vantage points around the house.

Thanks to the new Collection feature, you can unsubscribe to my #cat   and #caturday  posts without having to drop me from your stream.

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2015-05-23 10:28:45 (121 comments, 74 reshares, 2219 +1s)Open 

Comfort

This is Ginger snuggled comfortably into one of her favorite vantage points around the house.

Thanks to the new Collection feature, you can unsubscribe to my #cat   and #caturday  posts without having to drop me from your stream.

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2015-05-26 07:07:06 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Tuesday is the new Monday

Time to contemplate all the emails and other backlog from a day off. Things don't stop moving.

Have a great week! I hope you had a good weekend. I know I did.


Photo: I believe this is a varigated spider monkey, but I forgot to write it down. seen at Stuttgart, Wilhelma (Zoo)

Tuesday is the new Monday

Time to contemplate all the emails and other backlog from a day off. Things don't stop moving.

Have a great week! I hope you had a good weekend. I know I did.


Photo: I believe this is a varigated spider monkey, but I forgot to write it down. seen at Stuttgart, Wilhelma (Zoo)___

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2015-05-25 12:43:46 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Fun with Photos Repost

reposting, because I accidentally posted the first time privately.

Having a bit of fun with photos

+Meirav M.  inspired me to share some of my photos for people to develop as they wish. Please repost your interpretation and tag me, as I would love to see what you come up with.

About the photos

I've dropped 75 photos from April and May 2015 into this collection, so that people have a choice and can work with something that feels natural to them and their style. Except for one photo where I cut out someone, who doesn't want to be on social media, the photos are untouched other than downsizing to 1920 pixels on the long axis. 

You get to develop them or manipulate them as you see fit. I hope you have fun!  

Fun with Photos Repost

reposting, because I accidentally posted the first time privately.

Having a bit of fun with photos

+Meirav M.  inspired me to share some of my photos for people to develop as they wish. Please repost your interpretation and tag me, as I would love to see what you come up with.

About the photos

I've dropped 75 photos from April and May 2015 into this collection, so that people have a choice and can work with something that feels natural to them and their style. Except for one photo where I cut out someone, who doesn't want to be on social media, the photos are untouched other than downsizing to 1920 pixels on the long axis. 

You get to develop them or manipulate them as you see fit. I hope you have fun!  ___

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2015-05-25 10:25:45 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Response to Meirav M: Collaborative Photo Experiment


Since +Meirav M. tagged me in an exercise and I had time, I went ahead an went a bit wild playing with the photo.  Read more about the challenge here: 
https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/MhgjrKdb27e

Thanks for the fun exercise, Meirav. I played a lot more than usual today. 

other folks +Meirav M. tagged  (pleasure to meet those of you I didn't already know), so you can see results... 
+Heidi Bouman +Nancy Levan +Nikki C +Bill Abrams +Andrew Clifton-Brown +Dryade Geo +Charles Strebor +Alison Christensen +Allen Firstenberg +Cathy Samuels 
unfortunately I couldn't get the right +Jason Kowing to display.... 

Response to Meirav M: Collaborative Photo Experiment


Since +Meirav M. tagged me in an exercise and I had time, I went ahead an went a bit wild playing with the photo.  Read more about the challenge here: 
https://plus.google.com/+MeiravMBerale/posts/MhgjrKdb27e

Thanks for the fun exercise, Meirav. I played a lot more than usual today. 

other folks +Meirav M. tagged  (pleasure to meet those of you I didn't already know), so you can see results... 
+Heidi Bouman +Nancy Levan +Nikki C +Bill Abrams +Andrew Clifton-Brown +Dryade Geo +Charles Strebor +Alison Christensen +Allen Firstenberg +Cathy Samuels 
unfortunately I couldn't get the right +Jason Kowing to display.... ___

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2015-05-25 08:54:09 (15 comments, 4 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Known by his stripes

Something a little different from me. Here's a tight crop from I photo I shot yesterday at the zoo. I was having fun with different shots of the zebra's stripes. This area particularly caught my eye, but so did a few of the back and mane. Maybe I'll post them another day.

Have a great day! I'm relaxing and reading / thinking. Nothing special, but nice to have the time with no interruptions. 

Known by his stripes

Something a little different from me. Here's a tight crop from I photo I shot yesterday at the zoo. I was having fun with different shots of the zebra's stripes. This area particularly caught my eye, but so did a few of the back and mane. Maybe I'll post them another day.

Have a great day! I'm relaxing and reading / thinking. Nothing special, but nice to have the time with no interruptions. ___

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2015-05-24 20:12:54 (33 comments, 1 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

Flamingo Tango

I'm not entirely sure what these flamingos were doing, but as a non-flamingo, I'm going with the tango. Looks like courtship to me.

Things that caught my eye.

1. obviously the colors. The flamingos have very dark "coral" colored feathers under the lighter colored ones.

2. the symmetry of their postures: putting the left foot in...

3. how their heads and necks curve to make a sort of heart. 

I hope the weekend has been good to you. I've got the good fortune to have Monday off. 

Flamingo Tango

I'm not entirely sure what these flamingos were doing, but as a non-flamingo, I'm going with the tango. Looks like courtship to me.

Things that caught my eye.

1. obviously the colors. The flamingos have very dark "coral" colored feathers under the lighter colored ones.

2. the symmetry of their postures: putting the left foot in...

3. how their heads and necks curve to make a sort of heart. 

I hope the weekend has been good to you. I've got the good fortune to have Monday off. ___

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2015-05-23 23:01:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Another great Shelf Life Video

Shelf Life is a series from the American Museum of Natural History. It's exceptionally well produced. Each episode focuses on a different theme and in just a few minutes views it from several perspectives in a clear, easily understandable manner. I'm highly impressed with the overall quality.

This particular episode looks at the relationship and possible origin of a group of Native American languages. The linguists are using multiple techniques to arrive at an answer about the original location and subsequent spread of the language group. Genetics, computer algorithms and standard linguistics all play a role. The Swadesh list of common, change-resistant words is used to help with linguistic comparisons.

If you like this episode, please also check out some of the others. I've been impressed with the other episodes. One... more »

Another great Shelf Life Video

Shelf Life is a series from the American Museum of Natural History. It's exceptionally well produced. Each episode focuses on a different theme and in just a few minutes views it from several perspectives in a clear, easily understandable manner. I'm highly impressed with the overall quality.

This particular episode looks at the relationship and possible origin of a group of Native American languages. The linguists are using multiple techniques to arrive at an answer about the original location and subsequent spread of the language group. Genetics, computer algorithms and standard linguistics all play a role. The Swadesh list of common, change-resistant words is used to help with linguistic comparisons.

If you like this episode, please also check out some of the others. I've been impressed with the other episodes. One I particularly enjoyed was Episode 4 : Skull of the Olinguito  http://ehscience.co/2015/04/15/skull-of-the-olinguito-shelf-life-episode-4/  
The Shelf Life episodes are hosted by +EH Science . ___

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2015-05-23 15:47:02 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte 

This just happened to celebrate VFB Stuttgart staying in the 1. Bundesliga with a victory over Paderborn. Terrible season, but maybe next year will be better.

Also, because I want to wave this cake under +I am not Alice 's nose. ;-) 

It's in a Food Collection, so if you don't want food posts, you can unsubscribe from the collection without having to drop me.

Have a great day! 

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte 

This just happened to celebrate VFB Stuttgart staying in the 1. Bundesliga with a victory over Paderborn. Terrible season, but maybe next year will be better.

Also, because I want to wave this cake under +I am not Alice 's nose. ;-) 

It's in a Food Collection, so if you don't want food posts, you can unsubscribe from the collection without having to drop me.

Have a great day! ___

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2015-05-23 10:28:45 (121 comments, 74 reshares, 2219 +1s)Open 

Comfort

This is Ginger snuggled comfortably into one of her favorite vantage points around the house.

Thanks to the new Collection feature, you can unsubscribe to my #cat   and #caturday  posts without having to drop me from your stream.

Comfort

This is Ginger snuggled comfortably into one of her favorite vantage points around the house.

Thanks to the new Collection feature, you can unsubscribe to my #cat   and #caturday  posts without having to drop me from your stream.___

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2015-05-23 09:41:56 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Lupine ( Lupinus )

This is the whole photo of the blossom, which I used as a crop last night. I have downsized it to 2160*1440 pixels to make it easier to view.

+Cindy C. :  you wanted to know the plant. Here is more information for reference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus


Have a great Saturday!

Lupine ( Lupinus )

This is the whole photo of the blossom, which I used as a crop last night. I have downsized it to 2160*1440 pixels to make it easier to view.

+Cindy C. :  you wanted to know the plant. Here is more information for reference.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus


Have a great Saturday!___

2015-05-22 22:24:48 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

 
Recommendation 3: Talent you should get to know

Edit: updated now with a link
https://plus.google.com/u/0/117304513433664478619/posts

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus isn't doing a very good job of connecting us. 

This is probably a rather special case. I'd like to recommend that you go ahead and follow +Guðbjörg Ben , an amateur photographer in Island. +Guðbjörg Ben , does not yet have many public posts, but I've been able to see many photos that were accidentally shared only with a small number of people (private share to ~300 people).

At the time of this writing, you may only see 2 public posts, but +Guðbjörg Ben has talent. With luck we can get a few that were previously posted privately reposted publicly. Keep an eye out for+Guðbjörg ... more »

 
Recommendation 3: Talent you should get to know

Edit: updated now with a link
https://plus.google.com/u/0/117304513433664478619/posts

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus isn't doing a very good job of connecting us. 

This is probably a rather special case. I'd like to recommend that you go ahead and follow +Guðbjörg Ben , an amateur photographer in Island. +Guðbjörg Ben , does not yet have many public posts, but I've been able to see many photos that were accidentally shared only with a small number of people (private share to ~300 people).

At the time of this writing, you may only see 2 public posts, but +Guðbjörg Ben has talent. With luck we can get a few that were previously posted privately reposted publicly. Keep an eye out for +Guðbjörg Ben 's photos.

Some favorites (+Guðbjörg Ben , please repost using public)

Rusty handle on P&H Arc welder
https://plus.google.com/117304513433664478619/posts/DnxnbLWF6Wq

Moon 25.04.15 @ 23:07
First drop  (April 8)
Where did everyone go... (Jan 13)
2 Ravens (May 13)



About this collection : I'm looking to share with a wider audience talent regardless of type of posts (writers, photographers, artists, musicians). Have suggestions for me? Please let me know through a comment, a PM or tagging me into a post. ___

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2015-05-22 21:58:26 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

What do we know?

What do we really know of the world around us, 
the person next to us, ourselves?
Are we what we appear to be?
What lies hidden within, a secret existence,
Perhaps dormant, patiently waiting
For the key. Unlocked, unbound, unfettered.
Or do we make the walls?
Do we dare to walk out?



random thoughts on a Friday night after watching Der Himmel über Berlin (Wim Wenders edition).

go on: this is not the post you were looking for compañero.

What do we know?

What do we really know of the world around us, 
the person next to us, ourselves?
Are we what we appear to be?
What lies hidden within, a secret existence,
Perhaps dormant, patiently waiting
For the key. Unlocked, unbound, unfettered.
Or do we make the walls?
Do we dare to walk out?



random thoughts on a Friday night after watching Der Himmel über Berlin (Wim Wenders edition).

go on: this is not the post you were looking for compañero.___

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2015-05-22 07:10:53 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Have a lovely Friday!

I sure hope it will be better and shorter than yesterday. 

Have a lovely Friday!

I sure hope it will be better and shorter than yesterday. ___

2015-05-21 21:51:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Signal boost. Contact +EH Science or +Kate Stone if you're interested. 

Do you want to get started in science journalism? Are you passionate about giving everyone access to science? EH Science is now welcoming applications to join our Contributors Community. We are looking for enthusiastic writers, photographers, and infographic artists. We provide mentoring, editing, access to press releases, bylines, press credentials, and more.___Signal boost. Contact +EH Science or +Kate Stone if you're interested. 

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2015-05-21 06:58:20 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.
Confucius

Anyone know the name of this moth?

Happy Thorsday!

P.S. not a macro, but still a fair amount of detail. 

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.
Confucius

Anyone know the name of this moth?

Happy Thorsday!

P.S. not a macro, but still a fair amount of detail. ___

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2015-05-20 07:15:11 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-05-19 19:25:33 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Red, white and black: Woodpeckers and a dash of Science!

The latest collaboration with +EH Science , +Kate Stone and Lorna is finally ready. I'm always amazed at how skilled editors can improve my drafts so much.

In this edition we'll take a look at the friendly and colorful Great Spotted Woodpecker. I've often heard them, but rarely seen them when I had a camera at the ready. Fortunately, I recently got a photo of a female early one morning in April. I had the good luck to see a male on a visit to Finland a few years back. 

I hope you'll take a look, enjoy the photos and maybe learn an interesting fact or two about our feathered friends. 








hashtags:
#Science  #ScienceEveryday #ScienceSunday  #Nature  #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #BirdPhotography  #Birds

Red, white and black: Woodpeckers and a dash of Science!

The latest collaboration with +EH Science , +Kate Stone and Lorna is finally ready. I'm always amazed at how skilled editors can improve my drafts so much.

In this edition we'll take a look at the friendly and colorful Great Spotted Woodpecker. I've often heard them, but rarely seen them when I had a camera at the ready. Fortunately, I recently got a photo of a female early one morning in April. I had the good luck to see a male on a visit to Finland a few years back. 

I hope you'll take a look, enjoy the photos and maybe learn an interesting fact or two about our feathered friends. 








hashtags:
#Science  #ScienceEveryday #ScienceSunday  #Nature  #NaturePhotography #WildlifePhotography #BirdPhotography  #Birds___

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2015-05-19 07:07:42 (31 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Water, waves and air

Back at the beginning of the month we went to Passau and a Bavarian Forest farmhouse museum near there. The weather was overcast and rainy, so please bear that in mind when looking at the photos.

What I wanted to share with you today is an observation I made about water falling from a channel that was coupled to a waterwheel. I saw it pouring over the edge in an oscillating stream,  which made me wonder a bit about it. The longer I looked the more intrigued I became, because the water didn't make it to the ground in a stream even though the fall was only around 2 meters at most. 

Here's my speculation on what was going on (and I'm happy to hear from other opinions or any scientists/engineers, who know what happens):

The waves were caused by the upstream paddle, which sloshed water over the edge. As the water fell, airr... more »

Water, waves and air

Back at the beginning of the month we went to Passau and a Bavarian Forest farmhouse museum near there. The weather was overcast and rainy, so please bear that in mind when looking at the photos.

What I wanted to share with you today is an observation I made about water falling from a channel that was coupled to a waterwheel. I saw it pouring over the edge in an oscillating stream,  which made me wonder a bit about it. The longer I looked the more intrigued I became, because the water didn't make it to the ground in a stream even though the fall was only around 2 meters at most. 

Here's my speculation on what was going on (and I'm happy to hear from other opinions or any scientists/engineers, who know what happens):

The waves were caused by the upstream paddle, which sloshed water over the edge. As the water fell, air resistance slowed the water, which began to spread out, thus amplifying the magnitude of the oscillation. By the time the water was about 3/4 down, it had spread out more into a spray than a stream.

As mentioned previously, I'd love to hear from people, who know what's really happening.  If you don't know or don't care about the reasons, I hope you enjoy a few photos of water in motion.

Have a great Tuesday!___

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2015-05-18 07:12:43 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Monday has come

Monday has come, but let's get the week off to a great start. Here's a butterfly with rather worn wings. I haven't bothered to look up the name, but I saw it at the edge of the woods. If you look closely at the compound eye, it looks a bit like a football (soccer ball). Easier to see on the full resolution version, but even this downsized one gives you an idea.

Have a great start to the week!

Monday has come

Monday has come, but let's get the week off to a great start. Here's a butterfly with rather worn wings. I haven't bothered to look up the name, but I saw it at the edge of the woods. If you look closely at the compound eye, it looks a bit like a football (soccer ball). Easier to see on the full resolution version, but even this downsized one gives you an idea.

Have a great start to the week!___

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2015-05-17 21:10:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Day 2: Talent you should get to know

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus isn't doing a very good job of connecting us. 

Today I would like to suggest you take a look at +Axel Pivet 's posts. Axel writes in French, but his art needs no translation. If you are decent at French (and I know many of you are) then his blogs will be worthwhile too. 

I like his Le Voyage d'Espagne series in particular. 


About this collection : I'll continue to look for people deserving of a wider audience, but to avoid spamming you, I will make at most one recommendation per a day. Have suggestions for me? Please let me know through a comment, a PM or tagging me into a post. I'll do my best to review the same day 

Day 2: Talent you should get to know

The point of these posts is to introduce talented people doing original work to a wider audience, because I feel GPlus isn't doing a very good job of connecting us. 

Today I would like to suggest you take a look at +Axel Pivet 's posts. Axel writes in French, but his art needs no translation. If you are decent at French (and I know many of you are) then his blogs will be worthwhile too. 

I like his Le Voyage d'Espagne series in particular. 


About this collection : I'll continue to look for people deserving of a wider audience, but to avoid spamming you, I will make at most one recommendation per a day. Have suggestions for me? Please let me know through a comment, a PM or tagging me into a post. I'll do my best to review the same day ___

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2015-05-17 09:56:11 (49 comments, 40 reshares, 710 +1s)Open 

Target of Opportunity

This kite was working hard and flying low, following a farmer as he mowed a meadow. Obviously, the mowing stirred up lots of critters, which presented opportunities, but the kite had to react fast. So did I. I happened to be out there, because we took the long way home on our bike ride.

Have a great day and keep your eyes peeled, you never know what might cross your path!



Folks, please excuse the hashtags. This one is an experiment to get a data point. It has to do with my recent post. I haven't gone over to the dark side, just testing a hypothesis.

#birds   #birdphotography   #birdsinflight   #canonusers   #canonphotography   #canon   #canon7d   #birdpoker   #birdsgallery   #nature   #naturephotography   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   

Target of Opportunity

This kite was working hard and flying low, following a farmer as he mowed a meadow. Obviously, the mowing stirred up lots of critters, which presented opportunities, but the kite had to react fast. So did I. I happened to be out there, because we took the long way home on our bike ride.

Have a great day and keep your eyes peeled, you never know what might cross your path!



Folks, please excuse the hashtags. This one is an experiment to get a data point. It has to do with my recent post. I haven't gone over to the dark side, just testing a hypothesis.

#birds   #birdphotography   #birdsinflight   #canonusers   #canonphotography   #canon   #canon7d   #birdpoker   #birdsgallery   #nature   #naturephotography   #wildlife   #wildlifephotography   ___

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2015-05-16 21:43:54 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Day 1: Talent you should get to know

Since I have been up on a soapbox, I'll have to try to make things change within the means available to me. What does this mean to you? 

I'll try to highlight someone (max. once a day) that I've run into on GPlus, who is talented, but in my opinion is not getting appropriate attention / is perhaps disadvantaged by the algorithms.

full disclosure: I ran into +Andy Smith  , because he commented on one of my rants. That's how I meet most people nowadays: engagement on a post 

Now that I've got the background about this out of the way, let's get to the main subject.

Leap of Faith

+Andy Smith  is a talented photographer from Aberdeenshire, UK. He actually has more followers than I do, masters his craft and yet this outstanding photo only had 12 +1s ! There'ssom... more »

Day 1: Talent you should get to know

Since I have been up on a soapbox, I'll have to try to make things change within the means available to me. What does this mean to you? 

I'll try to highlight someone (max. once a day) that I've run into on GPlus, who is talented, but in my opinion is not getting appropriate attention / is perhaps disadvantaged by the algorithms.

full disclosure: I ran into +Andy Smith  , because he commented on one of my rants. That's how I meet most people nowadays: engagement on a post 

Now that I've got the background about this out of the way, let's get to the main subject.

Leap of Faith

+Andy Smith  is a talented photographer from Aberdeenshire, UK. He actually has more followers than I do, masters his craft and yet this outstanding photo only had 12 +1s ! There's something wrong when a public post of original work and this quality doesn't get recognized. I don't know if the algorithms are holding him back or something else, but I encourage you to visit his profile and scan through his posts. I think you'll find more than one out there that you like. One of my favorites of his is Hard Light


How does this go on? : I'll try to find people and highlight them, but avoid spamming you, by making it at most once a day. Have suggestions for me? Please let me know___

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2015-05-16 10:26:30 (35 comments, 1 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Greetings from my corner of the world

I shot this a few days ago coming back from my daughter's piano recital. It's a view from between the two small lakes (or big ponds) looking towards the old town hall (left tower) and the city church. In the foreground you can see the chestnut trees blossoming. They have red/pink blossoms and others have white blossoms. We enjoy them 3 seasons of the year.

Spring for the blossoms
Summer as shade in the Biergarten
Fall for conkers.(or if it's the edible kind then they are great roasted)

Today I have spent the morning doing garden work and my back is a bit sore, but I promised we would do a bike excursion and I'll definitely take the camera and some lenses with me. I want to show my family one of my more accessible and enjoyable nature spots.

Maybe we'll even go visit this old stone house... more »

Greetings from my corner of the world

I shot this a few days ago coming back from my daughter's piano recital. It's a view from between the two small lakes (or big ponds) looking towards the old town hall (left tower) and the city church. In the foreground you can see the chestnut trees blossoming. They have red/pink blossoms and others have white blossoms. We enjoy them 3 seasons of the year.

Spring for the blossoms
Summer as shade in the Biergarten
Fall for conkers.(or if it's the edible kind then they are great roasted)

Today I have spent the morning doing garden work and my back is a bit sore, but I promised we would do a bike excursion and I'll definitely take the camera and some lenses with me. I want to show my family one of my more accessible and enjoyable nature spots.

Maybe we'll even go visit this old stone house that is broken and overgrown with trees. I was sitting there quietly a week or two ago and listened to other people trampling by. A couple even came up to the house and discussed things in the local dialect, but I was in a corner and quiet. They never even noticed me. Animals do that with us all the time. I probably miss 2/3 of them. Maybe I'll get lucky with a raptor this afternoon. I saw some the last time I was out there, but they were too far off to make a good picture. 

Have a great Saturday! I hope you can enjoy the outdoors, but if not, maybe a good book or some laughs with a loved one or friend(s).___

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2015-05-15 10:56:42 (25 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Happy Friday!

Back to your regularly scheduled programming. Have a bit of color and geometry, courtesy a rose.

I hope you have a great wrap to the week and a fantastic start to the weekend. 

#floralfriday   

Happy Friday!

Back to your regularly scheduled programming. Have a bit of color and geometry, courtesy a rose.

I hope you have a great wrap to the week and a fantastic start to the weekend. 

#floralfriday   ___

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2015-05-15 02:45:13 (138 comments, 61 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Mountain View, we have a problem

Dear Google, I’m your friend. Really I am. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t take time to tell you there’s a problem. I’m not rage quitting, that’s an easy way out and unworthy of what you’ve built. I’m going to try to make this place better and if not, I’ll find someone, who’ll help me build a better place. That’s not an idle threat, because you know there are smart people with drive out there. Complacency and lack of direction make incumbents vulnerable. 

so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late (B. Dylan) 

TL;DR
GPlus needs to change and put humans in the middle instead of compartmentalizing us neatly. Suggestions for improvement are also provided. A user group advising and providing feedback would be a good start.  Stop here or proceed at your own peril.


What do you want tobe when you grow up?... more »

Mountain View, we have a problem

Dear Google, I’m your friend. Really I am. If I weren’t, I wouldn’t take time to tell you there’s a problem. I’m not rage quitting, that’s an easy way out and unworthy of what you’ve built. I’m going to try to make this place better and if not, I’ll find someone, who’ll help me build a better place. That’s not an idle threat, because you know there are smart people with drive out there. Complacency and lack of direction make incumbents vulnerable. 

so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late (B. Dylan) 

TL;DR
GPlus needs to change and put humans in the middle instead of compartmentalizing us neatly. Suggestions for improvement are also provided. A user group advising and providing feedback would be a good start.  Stop here or proceed at your own peril.


What do you want to be when you grow up?

My friends at Google, we know you have the smartest people, you have the best data, you’re everywhere in tech. Here we are having this discussion on GPlus, an absolutely fantastic site full of potential, but often frustrating to myself and apparently others too. I think I am beginning to understand why.  You don’t know what you want to do with GPlus; you’ve got data instead of people at the heart of the design. 

Just one man’s opinion

Clearly, what I am writing is from a very limited perspective. I lack the data you have. I lack the specialization in this field you have. I am not objective. Thus, this is admittedly only my take on things and I won’t presume to be a speaker for everyone, but I will speak clearly and earnestly with you. I want you to succeed, but if you won’t change in ways that make the experience better here for me, I will go elsewhere, because eventually someone else will offer a better experience if you do nothing. 

No free lunch

This is our implicit bargain.  You been getting my content, tracking me, selling ads using what you know about me. In return, I have been able to use GPlus and other great tools from Google (Search, Drive, Docs, Hangout/Chat, Translate, Scholar, Android, Picnik in the GPlus Photos, etc…) I think we’ve both been more or less content with this deal. I am no longer content though with the experience on GPlus, because it could and should be more.  

What you’ve done well

You’ve given us some very easy to use and powerful features on GPlus. The Hangouts on Air, while something I seldom attend, has been a great way for me to sample some musicians. Events have been great for specific, directed purposes. Hangouts / Chats have been a mixed blessing , but the fact that you offer it as part of the package has been great. You’ve built in a translate function that makes some languages that I don’t speak halfway accessible to me. It lets me follow people with quality posts in different languages. I love the photo quality and tools. Auto awesome, Auto Enhance, the Picnik toolset and the generous space have made sharing photos here easy and fun. Circles are a very good feature that rapidly became my favorite tool for dealing with the stream to ensure I saw what I wanted from people I circled and posted to whom I wanted. Let’s not forget your two-step verification, which gives additional security on the account. Blocking and reporting spam features have been tools that so far, thankfully, I have rarely had to use, but I’m glad they’re there. You deserve special credit for never going down the “Farmville” or “Mafia War” or any of those other games of similar ilk route. That’s definitely a laudable decision to not do something. Sometimes not doing something is just as important as what you do. 

I’m probably forgetting things that have become so second nature that I just take them for granted. That’s a compliment to so many things that are done well here. 


”It depends” Category

Google, you’ve got a lot of things that are a mess. Sometimes they are helpful and sometimes they are mixed blessings at best. I mentioned Hangouts above. One of the people I have followed for a long time on GPlus, who has used hangouts a lot more than I ever have or probably will, told me the other night that her Hangout turned into Chatroulette. If people want Chatroulette they go there. If people want a reasonable discourse a GPlus Hangout ought to be a good alternative. 

Communities  Yes, I get the purpose. I understand why it is good to have private discussion groups or focused forums. Communities have proliferated so much though, that I hardly go to the ones I have anymore. Despite invites I now only add a community once in a blue moon, because I just don’t have time to get to them anymore. I also think they are divisive and detrimental to engagement on GPlus. Oh, some people in communities are passionate and engage frequently and meaningfully within a community, but their voices are sorely missing in the public stream. 

Collections  Again, something I understand. I’ll get around to setting up some. I know that when I post a picture of a spider, even some of my most loyal followers get a shock. Putting spider pictures in a collection could be a good idea to deal with this. They can follow me, but opt out / suppress the spider collection. At least in theory. If someone follows 1000 people will they realistically go to that granular level, esp. over time? After all use of collections will be ongoing and dynamic, so users would have to continually update which collections to turn on or off. I’m sure Google has thought it through. My gut feeling is that collections serve the following purposes: 

1. It’s a Google version of Pinterest (simplistic, but I’m running with that for now) 

2. Google likes to have things categorized. It fits neatly into your most powerful capability: search. You guys can even search scripts and DOMs accurately. If you get people to cleanly categorize pictures and maybe even label them for you, you have another goldmine to make yourselves indispensable with. How could you resist getting users to categorize for you? 

The danger is that it’s going to put keywords and items in the center instead of people. We’re not discovering and interacting with people, we’re searching for and discovering photos associated with keywords. If we don’t know what we don’t know, how will we find something new? Won’t this lead to a progressive encapsulation or a type of filter bubble for our user experience? 

Ok. The intentions behind Collections are good, but I’m keeping an eye on this.


The Bad and sometimes Downright Ugly

November 2013 was a low-water mark for Google Plus. I believe you made an immense mistake that severely damaged the ecosystem. I liken it to an asteroid impact on Earth leaving a distinctive mark in the fossil record. GPlus was for the most part a community of people, who wanted to be on the Plus and who interacted with each other positively (my experience). Then you forced the integration of GPlus and YouTube . I know you’ve heard the complaints before and this is history, but it still echoes here. The YouTube integration marked a time when I started losing people that I enjoyed on here. They either abandoned the place or went to almost exclusively private posts. It is my subjective impression that GPlus went from exuberant adolescent to wary young adult in that period. Let me tell you GPlus that I don’t want my identity on GPlus and my identity on YouTube merged. I want to have a public and a private persona: even if you may know everything I do, I don’t necessarily want every like or dislike to be for public consumption. You overstepped there and you let the barbarians overrun Camelot. They weren’t even interesting barbarians, a better description of the horde would be cretinous trolls.

Hashtags  Please get hashtags under control. I do understand that you need some. Take a look at my attached snapshot evidence hashtaghell. When a post has a title and maybe one or two lines of text and then is followed by two pages of hashtags things are out of control. Do you really think that’s a good idea? Is that really how you want us to reach out to each other? Do you want to take SEO and the “Plus My Post” game to these extremes? 

Circle share abuse  well, you fixed that radically didn’t you? Was there no better way than to completely eliminate it? At what point did you discuss this with your users? I don’t miss circle shares that much and don’t really care. I wasn’t in that game, although I did benefit from shares and apparently was shared some hundreds of times. What bothers me is the lack of discourse with your users. There were legitimate uses for it, but you killed the whole feature. 

What’s Hot fix that too. Yes, you want a “trending” feature, I get it. Curate it How many times will a particular user with only 5000 followers get hundreds or thousands of “+1s” , a handful of comments and never respond to any commenter? Zero engagement, nada, zilch, but every day turn up on “What’s Hot”. Sure, some of those shots are good, but they’re not outclassing everyone else every day. Is that on the level? Maybe it is. Maybe it is the culture and the region. I think you’re being gamed. I damned sure am sick of seeing that. Oh yeah, I can block, but you’re letting it happen. Blocking only pretends it’s not going on. It would be an ostrich tactic.  

Speaking of gaming “What’s Hot”, apparently a couple of hashtags about bees will get you on “What’s Hot and Recommended” even if you don’t have much to say or a very good photo, while other people’s work that I have seen barely gets noticed. That’s a riddle to me too. There are probably other examples, but I think I’ve made the point that something is fishy in Denmark. 

You want users to spend their energy on hashtags and SEO? That’s what you’re going to get. We’re not all in this for money or fame. I understand businesses competing for top page ranks. Let that happen in the Search Engine Wars. Level the playing field on GPlus for normal users. Rigged games turn people off. I don’t think competitive hashtagging is where the majority of users want to wind up. 


Frustration: it’s got to be better than this

Lacking any way to get meaningful statistics inside GPlus, I’ve had to do some reading and use outside tools. Google says there are about 300 million active GPlus users in a month. Stone Temple Consulting did a study of public posts and concluded the number was close to 110 million active users. That’s a lot, but only about 0.5% of Google users. Only 6.7 million have 50 posts or more EVER on GPlus. About 3.5 million have 50 posts in the last 30 days on GPlus. 

Let’s get down to my numbers, because they’re the only ones I can speak directly to. Thanks to 3rd party tools: +CircleCount  and +NOD3x , I have some information I can use.

2171 total public posts from 20110715 to 20150513
2012 posts in statistics 
20.4 +1s per post
0.78 reshares per post
8.2 comments per post

Current numbers based on last 50 posts
20 comments per post
2 reshares per post
55 +1s per post
16992 followers

77 total engages (reshares, comments, +1s)

0.0045 Engaged Spread => 0.45 % interaction based on number of followers
(Reshares + Comments + +1s) /  Followers

0.006 Engaged Depth => .6 %
(reshares*3 + comments*2 + +1s) /  Followers

I can’t say if these are good or bad, but I do feel like I rarely reach someone new in terms of engagement. Mostly, I think, I have a loyal group of regulars (I adore you), with whom I have interaction in comments on my posts or on their posts. If I get past 150 people in a week I’m doing great. That doesn’t seem very good to me considering that I supposedly have almost 17k followers. That’s roughly 0.9% interacting with me. Is that typical? It seems pretty low to me as a layperson, but I do enjoy the interactions with the people I have come to know. I’m happy with the quality so far, but a bit mystified at such a low level of interacting versus the apparent base (17k). 


An eloquent comment by a friend

But it wasn't just me who changed. Google+ changed too. The tone changed and some changes had a profound impact on personal interactions. I saw and still see, people pouring out their hearts and I wonder, do people even still see this? Have we, as in users of social media, become so jaded or is everything happening too fast? Has the neverending stream of information around us dulled our ability to see? (+Dirk Reul ) 


Making this place better

Sometimes you have to roll the hard six

I know that I’m opening myself up to be ripped into by lots of people, lectured by others and have still more shake their heads and say “bless his heart”. It’s ok. I don’t want to just criticize. I want changes and have ideas. I’m sure they don’t match everyone’s ideas, but unless people advance ideas on what’s wrong and what needs fixing, you, Google, are going to do what you think best in a vacuum. At least I’m not hearing about you reaching out to people like myself, so it appears to be a vacuum to me.
 

Action Plan

1. You need a user group that’s a real cross-section of your users. Ensure both women and men get to participate. Include power users (bloggers, musicians, artists, tech columnists, authors, etc.), but also regular users. Include people from different regions. Include people using different tools out of your offerings. 

2. give us a meaningful roadmap or vision for GPlus. What are you going to do to make this the best place for people to interact on the web?

3. Put in some “simple” fixes to small, but aggravating problems.

3.1 When a post is reshared and gets plusses, why not have the plusses also automatically added to the original post?

3.2 let people have better view to what happens with their posts. Who is interacting on it (limited number when you click on activity today)? If something takes off, who was the key user in that chain of events?  

3.3 if you won’t give us the tools to understand what is going on then open up the API to CircleCount, Node3x and others. Let them develop add-ons to make our experience better. Open it ALL up to them. 

3.4 Give me a way to check my circles. Who is still active? Who abandoned in 2013? Let me clean out my circles without a tedious search one by one. Sure, I would like people to come back, but if they’ve been gone a year or more, I’d like to see it and make space for people, who will interact with me.

3.5 Take hashtags out of the main post. Put them in another section, i.e. a post has a text section, it has an optional “labels” or “hashtag” section, it has a link/photo/video sharing option.

3.6 Curate “What’s Hot” better. Even better than that, get people on GPlus, who actually find good quality postings and put them in a recommended/curated listing. If you’re doing that today, it isn’t living up to my expectations.

3.7 Why don’t you want to be the place for people to come to discuss topics? Why shouldn’t GPlus, built by some of the brightest people of our era, running on and within one of the most capable global companies, be a place that attracts avante garde and intellectual interaction? You ought to want to make this the place to be on the internet. I’m not asking you to be a Facebook killer. Don’t be Facebook, Pinterest, MySpace or the Matrix. Bring bright minds together. Make it easy and rewarding to mix and mingle. You can dominate this space in a way no one else does.

3.8 If you can’t figure out how to make 3.7 happen then find your top contributors of original content (music, art, photos, blogs, regular posts) and make them an offer as a highlighted contributor. At least figure out something to make it rewarding for them instead of leaving them to be worn down by the parade of spammers and trolls. Make sure there is support for them to handle the engagement volume. Some of you remember Dede King? Someone like Dede would be great. Sure she polarized, but we need spice not oatmeal. 

3.9 The “Discover” feature is lame. Those aren’t people interacting with us. Maybe some are news sources, but I don’t need GPlus for that. Famous people, who don’t interact and don’t do their own comments are boring to me. The only one I’ve run across, who was good at that was Jerry Ryan. Fix it. Rotate people in. Use your own statistics to show people, who really interact and let the cream rise to the top. Use your curators to find quality content, not just names. 


4. Dr. Zaius, get your stinking algorithms off me 

Google, you mean well, but these algorithm changes are killing interactions. We users do notice when engagement drops off. It’s not a ghost town, but sometimes things drop off suddenly for a week or two, usually around new feature introductions. If it were just me then I would look for a reason in my posts or the quality of my work. I’ve had enough people tell me they notice something too, that I don’t think it’s me. It’s you Google. You surprise us and you’re not transparent.
What I think is wrong: you’re doing Big Data and assume like likes like. I’m sure there’s statistics for it. I’m sure it’s more comfortable that way, but some of the more interesting people aren’t like me. I also have Circle Management. I know who I want to see out of the people I already know. Why do you keep changing relevance algorithms and pulling us apart? I feel like the bread pudding in the expanding universe analogy where galaxies are raisins and growing further apart. 

I want control over what I see in my existing circles without your algorithms deciding to give me less of Jane Doe and more of John Smith. I also want to be able to discover people from something like the old “incoming stream”. Right now my main way to discover new people is from interaction with new people, who plus/comment on my posts or a GPlus friend’s posts. I grow slowly, organically and have richer interactions, but I don’t know what I’m missing out there. How can I get new stuff in my stream and avoid a “filter bubble” and slow, but sure stagnation? 


Wrapping Up

Google, I care about GPlus. You’ve let me meet wonderful people from all over the world, who I never would have met any other way. I’ve learned from others and I’ve grown in unexpected ways. It has been a great ride. I think you have more to offer, but I also think you’re complacent, distant from your users and lacking clearly communicated direction. You may have it all internally. I know you have extremely sharp, driven people and wouldn’t rule out anything you want to accomplish. You need to remember users though. GPlus may be a great layer on top of other services, but make it something people also continue enjoying to connect with other people. 

Thank you for the good years! I hope you have more to come, but don’t take it for granted. Others may do it better if you won’t put users back in the center. No one stays on top forever. As users we have to adapt to change. As a provider you need to change and adapt to opportunities and threats too. If you make this a place people love (net promoter scores anyone?) GPlus will master all the changes. 

We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy love for him. (Montaigne)

Thanks for listening. I came as a friend. 


Resources / Additional Reading

General GPlus Info
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google%2B

Users / Communities / Engagement / Ghost Town
https://www.stonetemple.com/real-numbers-for-the-activity-on-google-plus/ 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/104092656004159577193/posts/9261uXiuoeM 
http://marketingland.com/google-plus-small-still-not-dead-yet-125083 
http://www.simonowens.net/google-plus-is-not-a-ghost-town-the-massive-engagement-within-its-communities-platform 
http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/why-google-is-dying-and-nearly-dead/617715
http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/study-suggests-far-fewer-active-google-plus-users-than-google-claims/

Collections
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/google-plus-adds-collections-to-keep-things-tidy-move-towards-being-like-pinterest-10226039.html 

Is Google the Matrix?
https://plus.google.com/+MikeElgan/posts/DmCGAG1uveN 
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2013/jun/04/google-plus-the-matrix 

Search Engine Crawling
http://searchengineland.com/tested-googlebot-crawls-javascript-heres-learned-220157 

Filter Bubble
https://medium.com/backchannel/facebook-published-a-big-new-study-on-the-filter-bubble-here-s-what-it-says-ef31a292da95
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2015/05/06/science.aab1422.full?sid=887c35db-9eea-4707-a6fb-23a23210f1b3 
http://www.fastcompany.com/3046111/fast-feed/why-scientists-are-upset-over-the-facebook-filter-bubble-study 
http://digiday.com/platforms/wtf-filter-bubble-combat/

Tim Berners-Lee on an Open Web 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/long-live-the-web/ 

One iteration of the raisin bread analogy (I believe I first heard it from Carl Sagan, but couldn’t find it)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/8807068/Universe-like-raisin-bread-says-Nobel-prize-winner.html ___

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2015-05-13 06:59:40 (30 comments, 2 reshares, 128 +1s)Open 

Mobile phone sunset

Yesterday I got out of the office pretty late. I missed the high point of sunset, which I could partially see from the window. When I got out, I ran to the top of the carpark, so I could get a shot over the other buildings in the area. 

I didn't have my camera, so this is with my old S3. It was better than nothing, but the camera definitely overdoes it with the colors, esp. tending to boost the warm colors more than I would (lacks subtlety). If anyone has recommendations on either the iPhone 6/6Plus or S6/S6 edge cameras, I'd be happy to hear your opinion about those cameras. I'm not really a mobile phone photographer, but at least it is a camera you always have with you.

Have a great Wednesday! I've gotta run for now, but I'll check later. 

Mobile phone sunset

Yesterday I got out of the office pretty late. I missed the high point of sunset, which I could partially see from the window. When I got out, I ran to the top of the carpark, so I could get a shot over the other buildings in the area. 

I didn't have my camera, so this is with my old S3. It was better than nothing, but the camera definitely overdoes it with the colors, esp. tending to boost the warm colors more than I would (lacks subtlety). If anyone has recommendations on either the iPhone 6/6Plus or S6/S6 edge cameras, I'd be happy to hear your opinion about those cameras. I'm not really a mobile phone photographer, but at least it is a camera you always have with you.

Have a great Wednesday! I've gotta run for now, but I'll check later. ___

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2015-05-12 07:11:40 (43 comments, 14 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

Starflower

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Sunday morning, I was out early on an overcast day. I was a bit disappointed with how things were going when I stumbled across this captivating blossom. I had to do a search in Google to identify it. 

This appears to be a Borage (Latin Borago officinalis; German Borretsch). Another name for it is a Starflower. 

Brief information about this plant:

It is native to the Mediterranean region, but has been introduced elsewhere. The flowers point downwards and when a bee lands to get nectar the bee's abdomen will rub against part of the plant and pollen will fall down on the bee. The plant has interesting compounds in it, is used for seed oil and also consumed as food or tea. In the past it has been used in traditionalme... more »

Starflower

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Sunday morning, I was out early on an overcast day. I was a bit disappointed with how things were going when I stumbled across this captivating blossom. I had to do a search in Google to identify it. 

This appears to be a Borage (Latin Borago officinalis; German Borretsch). Another name for it is a Starflower. 

Brief information about this plant:

It is native to the Mediterranean region, but has been introduced elsewhere. The flowers point downwards and when a bee lands to get nectar the bee's abdomen will rub against part of the plant and pollen will fall down on the bee. The plant has interesting compounds in it, is used for seed oil and also consumed as food or tea. In the past it has been used in traditional medicines and is used in alternative medicine today. (see the links for more information on the compounds and uses)

In addition to being a striking flowering plant, borage is used in gardens as a companion plant. Companion plants are said to improve other plants. Borage helps by attracting bees and predatory insects as well as reducing the number of tomato worms and other pests.  

References

English
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_companion_plants

German
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borretsch___

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2015-05-11 07:30:01 (39 comments, 15 reshares, 143 +1s)Open 

Taking care of bees

Yesterday, in the late afternoon, I had to run my daughter over to a friend's house in a different town. I took advantage to visit a local Naturschutzgebiet (Nature Reserve). I had a great walk and saw some butterflies and a birds, but wasn't close enough to any raptors to get good pictures, although I saw both bussards and kites hunting. 

At the edge of the area, very near to where I parked my car, I came across this installation for wild bees and other insects. The bees were buzzing all over the place. In the central section there were even clear plastic tubes and you could see some bees had used them to lay eggs in, but unfortunately they wouldn't have made good pictures.

I was delighted to see this serious installation! Quite an impressive effort for wild bees.

Time for me to get going. Have a great and productive... more »

Taking care of bees

Yesterday, in the late afternoon, I had to run my daughter over to a friend's house in a different town. I took advantage to visit a local Naturschutzgebiet (Nature Reserve). I had a great walk and saw some butterflies and a birds, but wasn't close enough to any raptors to get good pictures, although I saw both bussards and kites hunting. 

At the edge of the area, very near to where I parked my car, I came across this installation for wild bees and other insects. The bees were buzzing all over the place. In the central section there were even clear plastic tubes and you could see some bees had used them to lay eggs in, but unfortunately they wouldn't have made good pictures.

I was delighted to see this serious installation! Quite an impressive effort for wild bees.

Time for me to get going. Have a great and productive day! ___

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2015-05-10 11:39:09 (30 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Unexpected Experiments

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.  (Thoreau)

This morning I tried a few different locations to try and see some different animals than the ones I see in my favorite spots. Although the morning was overcast and not ideal for photos,  I had a little luck finding new subjecs. Most of all, I had a lovely start to the day.

The last spot I visited was a small pond near my house. I had hoped to maybe catch a duck or even a heron there, but it wasn't to be. However the water was still and the reflections were great. While I was concentrating on stills of flowers, grasses and trees reflecting in the water, I was suddenly buzzed by something flying past my head at tremendous speed. It took me a moment to find it, but I saw a swallow on its second pass, so I tracked it and tried to get it on thet... more »

Unexpected Experiments

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.  (Thoreau)

This morning I tried a few different locations to try and see some different animals than the ones I see in my favorite spots. Although the morning was overcast and not ideal for photos,  I had a little luck finding new subjecs. Most of all, I had a lovely start to the day.

The last spot I visited was a small pond near my house. I had hoped to maybe catch a duck or even a heron there, but it wasn't to be. However the water was still and the reflections were great. While I was concentrating on stills of flowers, grasses and trees reflecting in the water, I was suddenly buzzed by something flying past my head at tremendous speed. It took me a moment to find it, but I saw a swallow on its second pass, so I tracked it and tried to get it on the third (and final) flyby. There was no time to change camera settings, but I panned fast enough to get a hint of feathers.  Obviously, the photo was unusable with my settings all wrong. The bird was gone and all I had was one crappy photo. Bummer.

When I got home, I took a look at it on my computer monitor. Some stubborn part of me decided to try and make something out of it anyway. After a bit of experimenting for the sake of figuring out what things do, I had a fun session reinterpreting the flyby with Photoshop. ___

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2015-05-09 16:17:59 (21 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Ginger and Wisteria

We had a bit of a break in the clouds and some nice light earlier this afternoon. Ginger cooperated by posing for me on our terrace steps. I was actually looking to photograph a spiderweb covered in pollen, but that's a different story.

Happy #Caturday  !  

Ginger and Wisteria

We had a bit of a break in the clouds and some nice light earlier this afternoon. Ginger cooperated by posing for me on our terrace steps. I was actually looking to photograph a spiderweb covered in pollen, but that's a different story.

Happy #Caturday  !  ___

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2015-05-09 12:54:36 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Panorama: Passau

This is a composite of 10 pictures. I haven't figured out this technique yet, but at least it will give you an idea of Passau, Germany from the Veste Oberhaus, a former fortress. You're looking at the rivers Danube in the foreground and the Inn in the background. The Cathedral on the right is St. Stephen's.

This is something I'll have to work on more in the future, but for now I'm calling it "good enough". I've downsized it to 3840*1920 pixels, so you can do some zooming, but don't have to deal with the fullsize.

Have a great Saturday!

Panorama: Passau

This is a composite of 10 pictures. I haven't figured out this technique yet, but at least it will give you an idea of Passau, Germany from the Veste Oberhaus, a former fortress. You're looking at the rivers Danube in the foreground and the Inn in the background. The Cathedral on the right is St. Stephen's.

This is something I'll have to work on more in the future, but for now I'm calling it "good enough". I've downsized it to 3840*1920 pixels, so you can do some zooming, but don't have to deal with the fullsize.

Have a great Saturday!___

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2015-05-08 07:19:33 (27 comments, 0 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Contentment

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.  (Marcus Aurelius)

I thought this sheep looked pretty content. Probably it's thinking about the upcoming weekend and new fields to graze.

Happy Friday!

Contentment

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.  (Marcus Aurelius)

I thought this sheep looked pretty content. Probably it's thinking about the upcoming weekend and new fields to graze.

Happy Friday!___

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2015-05-06 23:00:19 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.
Somerset Maugham

Early Thursday post.

Photo: seen in Passau, Germany.

 +les collier and +Shannon Theron , you might appreciate this more than the average bear. 

Love is what happens to men and women who don't know each other.
Somerset Maugham

Early Thursday post.

Photo: seen in Passau, Germany.

 +les collier and +Shannon Theron , you might appreciate this more than the average bear. ___

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2015-05-06 21:10:24 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I'm having a great time with this application. You can't play a wrong note. You can interpret the piece by deciding on what tempo to play at. It's entertaining and satisfying. Give it a whirl. I have had the most fun with the Bach pieces, but there are many options available.

h/t to +Laura Manach ! 

I'm having a great time with this application. You can't play a wrong note. You can interpret the piece by deciding on what tempo to play at. It's entertaining and satisfying. Give it a whirl. I have had the most fun with the Bach pieces, but there are many options available.

h/t to +Laura Manach ! ___

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2015-05-06 07:01:52 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Fading beauty

The world is mere change, and this life, opinion  (Marcus Aurelius)

The tulips have given me some beautiful sights, but by the weekend they'll all be shedding their petals. As lovely as they are I think that I wouldn't notice them as much if they were there all the time. They've had their moment in the sun, as have the cherry blossoms and the apples. Now everything is green and soon the meadows will be full of wildflowers. Not too long after that and my garden will be full of bees flitting from one lavender plant to another. 

Change brings something new. That's my opinion.

Have a great Wednesday!

Fading beauty

The world is mere change, and this life, opinion  (Marcus Aurelius)

The tulips have given me some beautiful sights, but by the weekend they'll all be shedding their petals. As lovely as they are I think that I wouldn't notice them as much if they were there all the time. They've had their moment in the sun, as have the cherry blossoms and the apples. Now everything is green and soon the meadows will be full of wildflowers. Not too long after that and my garden will be full of bees flitting from one lavender plant to another. 

Change brings something new. That's my opinion.

Have a great Wednesday!___

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2015-05-05 07:16:43 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Shall we meet tonight by the chopping block?

Ser Ilyn Payne would certainly stop by here for a meal, some cabaret / theater or patronage the associated cinema. 

As you probably surmised, this was once a prison and is called the "Executioner's House". It's been turned into a cultural meeting point. Originally, it was anti-establishment, but due to its success and relatively long run, it has been more or less assimilated by now.    

Information

About the Scharfrichterhaus in Passau, Germany (English):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharfrichterhaus  

Website of the Scharfrichterhaus in Passau: (German)
http://www.scharfrichter-haus.de/index2.php?incmain=main&navi=9&inc=artikel&subnavi=10

Shall we meet tonight by the chopping block?

Ser Ilyn Payne would certainly stop by here for a meal, some cabaret / theater or patronage the associated cinema. 

As you probably surmised, this was once a prison and is called the "Executioner's House". It's been turned into a cultural meeting point. Originally, it was anti-establishment, but due to its success and relatively long run, it has been more or less assimilated by now.    

Information

About the Scharfrichterhaus in Passau, Germany (English):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scharfrichterhaus  

Website of the Scharfrichterhaus in Passau: (German)
http://www.scharfrichter-haus.de/index2.php?incmain=main&navi=9&inc=artikel&subnavi=10___

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2015-05-04 19:15:25 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Friends, Romans and GPlussers,

 +EH Science , +Kate Stone and Lorna P. have just published the second part of the article on pollination / pollinators and what would happen without bees. I hope you'll take time to read (and maybe share). 

thanks for your interest in bees and nature!


special thanks to +Kate Stone and Lorna for making the article easier to read and several improvements to headings. I'm spoiled having editors!

#science   #bees  

Friends, Romans and GPlussers,

 +EH Science , +Kate Stone and Lorna P. have just published the second part of the article on pollination / pollinators and what would happen without bees. I hope you'll take time to read (and maybe share). 

thanks for your interest in bees and nature!


special thanks to +Kate Stone and Lorna for making the article easier to read and several improvements to headings. I'm spoiled having editors!

#science   #bees  ___

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2015-05-04 06:54:39 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

A man should ever be ready booted to take his journey
(Montaigne)

I had a journey over the long weekend to visit Passau, Germany. We had a break in the weather on Saturday afternoon, but Friday was rain, rain, rain; Sunday too. It was good to visit, but not so nice for photographic results. I'm going with this one to start out, simply because it didn't take much work. Some of the other ones (panoramic stitching together) will be a lot of work (if I can even pull it off).

Have a great Monday!

h/t to +Adella Wright for referring me to Montaigne. 

Photo : from the Veste Oberhaus, a former fortress, between the rivers Ilz and Danube, looking down on Passau, Germany. The white tower with the copper roof is part of the Cathedral St. Stephan. 

A man should ever be ready booted to take his journey
(Montaigne)

I had a journey over the long weekend to visit Passau, Germany. We had a break in the weather on Saturday afternoon, but Friday was rain, rain, rain; Sunday too. It was good to visit, but not so nice for photographic results. I'm going with this one to start out, simply because it didn't take much work. Some of the other ones (panoramic stitching together) will be a lot of work (if I can even pull it off).

Have a great Monday!

h/t to +Adella Wright for referring me to Montaigne. 

Photo : from the Veste Oberhaus, a former fortress, between the rivers Ilz and Danube, looking down on Passau, Germany. The white tower with the copper roof is part of the Cathedral St. Stephan. ___

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2015-05-02 21:33:45 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Having a good time in a corner of Bavaria. Meet one of my breakfast companions.

Have a great weekend!

Having a good time in a corner of Bavaria. Meet one of my breakfast companions.

Have a great weekend!___

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2015-05-01 07:38:15 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Loose Ends

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. (Kierkegaard)

Tying up some loose ends, like the  #fivedaynaturechallenge before I take advantage of the long weekend. I'm looking forward to living it forwards and understanding it backwards. Hope you have a great weekend too!


This is Day 5  of the #fivedaynaturechallenge . Thanks to  +Nikki C  for inviting me. (I owe you something blue)

So far I have asked:

1. an Islander (participated!)
2. a German (didn't) <<<< must be replaced. I need moarrr Nature!
3. a Martian (participated)
4. a Canadian (plans to, yay!)
who will be lucky number 5?  

Edit: Gavin (Scottish superhero) has already done it. I would like to ask   +Gavin Gordon (Scotland)  to take part if he has time. [Day 5]
+Evvie Kappa onthe other... more »

Loose Ends

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. (Kierkegaard)

Tying up some loose ends, like the  #fivedaynaturechallenge before I take advantage of the long weekend. I'm looking forward to living it forwards and understanding it backwards. Hope you have a great weekend too!


This is Day 5  of the #fivedaynaturechallenge . Thanks to  +Nikki C  for inviting me. (I owe you something blue)

So far I have asked:

1. an Islander (participated!)
2. a German (didn't) <<<< must be replaced. I need moarrr Nature!
3. a Martian (participated)
4. a Canadian (plans to, yay!)
who will be lucky number 5?  

Edit: Gavin (Scottish superhero) has already done it. I would like to ask   +Gavin Gordon (Scotland)  to take part if he has time. [Day 5]
+Evvie Kappa on the other hand volunteered and would have made it 6 people, so she can have the "official spot now". 

+Ann-Marie Jurek (USA), would you feel like playing along? [Day 2] 

The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.


Edit:  as you may have noticed, there was apparently no reason for me to rush. Apparently 10 am (80 min ago) as a starting was just an indication that we would leave today...Mark Twain comes to mind:  _women and cats_  Oh well, they're worth it. ___

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2015-04-30 06:21:39 (29 comments, 9 reshares, 102 +1s)Open 

A German Village

This is the village of Kayh (Herrenberg) as seen from a hillside with mixed orchard trees. The cherries were in blossom, but the apples and pears weren't yet. This was the day before the Cherry Blossom Run, so I wanted to see how the cherry trees were doing. 

Have a great Thursday!

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 4  thanks to +Nikki C for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Shawna Mac   to take part if she has time.

The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.

A German Village

This is the village of Kayh (Herrenberg) as seen from a hillside with mixed orchard trees. The cherries were in blossom, but the apples and pears weren't yet. This was the day before the Cherry Blossom Run, so I wanted to see how the cherry trees were doing. 

Have a great Thursday!

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 4  thanks to +Nikki C for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Shawna Mac   to take part if she has time.

The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.___

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2015-04-29 17:23:36 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

A few weeks ago, I asked some people on GPlus what sorts of topics would be of interest to them for another nature article. One topic that people were interested in had to do with bees and other pollinators.

I went off and did some reading, scanned through my photos and put together a rather long document. I'm delighted to see how +EH Science 's Lorna P. and +Kate Stone have whipped it into shape. They definitely deserve major credit for improving the readability with some clever links to data and elimination of the footnoting in my raw article. 

+Jacob Dix : thanks for your input when I was looking for topics. 

A few weeks ago, I asked some people on GPlus what sorts of topics would be of interest to them for another nature article. One topic that people were interested in had to do with bees and other pollinators.

I went off and did some reading, scanned through my photos and put together a rather long document. I'm delighted to see how +EH Science 's Lorna P. and +Kate Stone have whipped it into shape. They definitely deserve major credit for improving the readability with some clever links to data and elimination of the footnoting in my raw article. 

+Jacob Dix : thanks for your input when I was looking for topics. ___

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2015-04-29 06:31:18 (31 comments, 3 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Sometimes you do things you regret, but there's nothing you can do about them. Times change. Doors close behind you. You move on. Neil Gaiman

This is one of the last of my tulips. They are definitely past peak, but I still have a few nice ones to enjoy. To be honest, I'm beginning to wonder if the same is true for GPlus, but I'll save that for another day. 

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 3  thanks to +Nikki C  for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Gizmo the Sane   to take part if he has time.

The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.

Sometimes you do things you regret, but there's nothing you can do about them. Times change. Doors close behind you. You move on. Neil Gaiman

This is one of the last of my tulips. They are definitely past peak, but I still have a few nice ones to enjoy. To be honest, I'm beginning to wonder if the same is true for GPlus, but I'll save that for another day. 

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 3  thanks to +Nikki C  for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Gizmo the Sane   to take part if he has time.

The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.___

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2015-04-28 07:07:52 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

An evening by the woods  
alternative title Air et liberté  h/t +Kalani Bijoux 

Ten days ago I went to an orchard near the town of Herrenberg just to see what I could see. I spent a few hours there in which all of 5 people crossed my path. I heard a lot of birds, saw a few and got a handful of photos. There was also a hare that crossed my path, but I was too slow with the camera (yes, it happens). I enjoyed my self so much that I stayed for sunset.

You've seen plenty of daytime photos of raptors. I thought the simplicity of this photo made it stand out. The sun was already down when this Common buzzard (German Mäusebussard, Latin buteo buteo ) glided by. 

Have a beautiful day!

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 2  thanks to +Nikki C for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Siri Sieber  to take part if she has time.

The rulesare simp... more »

An evening by the woods  
alternative title Air et liberté  h/t +Kalani Bijoux 

Ten days ago I went to an orchard near the town of Herrenberg just to see what I could see. I spent a few hours there in which all of 5 people crossed my path. I heard a lot of birds, saw a few and got a handful of photos. There was also a hare that crossed my path, but I was too slow with the camera (yes, it happens). I enjoyed my self so much that I stayed for sunset.

You've seen plenty of daytime photos of raptors. I thought the simplicity of this photo made it stand out. The sun was already down when this Common buzzard (German Mäusebussard, Latin buteo buteo ) glided by. 

Have a beautiful day!

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 2  thanks to +Nikki C for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Siri Sieber  to take part if she has time.

The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.___

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2015-04-27 07:08:19 (22 comments, 2 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Good things come to those who wait

I was able to observe this spider and her web in my tulip bed. 
I've converted the picture to black and white to better see the spiderweb.

Hopefully, you can see the fine web she has woven.

She is sitting on a central platform where all the radial structural strands come together. If you look closely you may see that there is a gap between the inner platform ring and the outer web, which actually catches the insects.

Another observation is that the circular pattern threads on the outside ring are woven from one radial strand to the next with enough extra material to flex. You can see how they appear slightly curved. This gives the web elasticity.   

A final note: currently I only have very small, young spiders. Later in the year when they are larger the photos willbe... more »

Good things come to those who wait

I was able to observe this spider and her web in my tulip bed. 
I've converted the picture to black and white to better see the spiderweb.

Hopefully, you can see the fine web she has woven.

She is sitting on a central platform where all the radial structural strands come together. If you look closely you may see that there is a gap between the inner platform ring and the outer web, which actually catches the insects.

Another observation is that the circular pattern threads on the outside ring are woven from one radial strand to the next with enough extra material to flex. You can see how they appear slightly curved. This gives the web elasticity.   

A final note: currently I only have very small, young spiders. Later in the year when they are larger the photos will be easier and have more detail. Still this fresh young one made a web in such a nice location that I had to try. 

Have a great Monday! 

#fivedaynaturechallenge  Day 1  thanks to +Nikki C for inviting me.
I would like to ask +Guðbjörg Ben to take part, as a talented, but not very well known (yet) photographer. The rules are simple: one nature photo per day for five days. Ask someone new to participate each day. Tag in the person, who invited you.


#monochromemonday   #blackandwhitephotography  ___

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2015-04-26 09:23:58 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.  Marcus Aurelius

Some days my patience for things I see going on wears a little thin. Unlike Obama, I don't have an anger translator. I just plod on being me. And that'll have to be enough. Or as Marcus would also say:

Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour   (Marcus apparently prefers British orthography) 

Do what needs doing when it needs doing and you'll reap what you sowed. At least I hope so, as with my tulips and cherry blossoms. 

Have a great day and enjoy a bit of beauty wherever and however it may appear to you today! 

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.  Marcus Aurelius

Some days my patience for things I see going on wears a little thin. Unlike Obama, I don't have an anger translator. I just plod on being me. And that'll have to be enough. Or as Marcus would also say:

Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour   (Marcus apparently prefers British orthography) 

Do what needs doing when it needs doing and you'll reap what you sowed. At least I hope so, as with my tulips and cherry blossoms. 

Have a great day and enjoy a bit of beauty wherever and however it may appear to you today! ___

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2015-04-25 08:36:47 (38 comments, 3 reshares, 68 +1s)Open 

Respirer les couleurs

Respirer les couleurs,
Sentir le frémissement de la brise qui caresse les fleurs,
Saisir l'instant unique où la lumière effleure les pétales,
Se laisser envoûter par la beauté d'une fleur et la magie du printemps...
+Kalani Bijoux 

Original captioning by Kalani Bijoux, whose reactions to my flower photos have captivated me with her melodious, flowing French phrases. Oh my French is horrible, but I can appreciate it anyway

Here's Kalani's English translation for us:

Breathe the colors,
Feel the shiver of the breeze which caresses the flowers,
Seize the unique moment when the light brushes the petals,
Be mesmerized by the beauty of a flower and the magic of the spring...

I wish you secret, still moments to enjoy something beautiful, be it a flower, the sky, a river, alover,... more »

Respirer les couleurs

Respirer les couleurs,
Sentir le frémissement de la brise qui caresse les fleurs,
Saisir l'instant unique où la lumière effleure les pétales,
Se laisser envoûter par la beauté d'une fleur et la magie du printemps...
+Kalani Bijoux 

Original captioning by Kalani Bijoux, whose reactions to my flower photos have captivated me with her melodious, flowing French phrases. Oh my French is horrible, but I can appreciate it anyway

Here's Kalani's English translation for us:

Breathe the colors,
Feel the shiver of the breeze which caresses the flowers,
Seize the unique moment when the light brushes the petals,
Be mesmerized by the beauty of a flower and the magic of the spring...

I wish you secret, still moments to enjoy something beautiful, be it a flower, the sky, a river, a lover, music or simply quiet. Have a great Saturday!   

And thank you, +Kalani Bijoux for sharing your thoughts! It's great to have a collaborator. 



#TulipSaturday  +Measie Elizabeth +Eustace James +Marilyn Benham +Liz C (red for you, Liz!) ___

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2015-04-24 06:59:15 (25 comments, 2 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Bonus

It's Friday, have a bonus picture today in case you're tired of my tulips and cherries.

This picture has been processed a lot to get the lighting and coloration I wanted, because it should have a certain look.

Happy Friday!


+Nikki C  :-)

Bonus

It's Friday, have a bonus picture today in case you're tired of my tulips and cherries.

This picture has been processed a lot to get the lighting and coloration I wanted, because it should have a certain look.

Happy Friday!


+Nikki C  :-)___

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2015-04-24 06:35:57 (25 comments, 1 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love  Marcus Aurelius

Marcus wasn't much of a philosopher in my book, but he has insights into living, that help me keep on course most of the time. Simple observations about perspective, moderation and doing the right thing are my main take-aways from his writings. 

Marcus and I both agree on this: you should have a little beauty in your life today. Enjoy it now for today is certain, tomorrow is a maybe.

Happy Friday!


#philosophy   #tulips  

When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love  Marcus Aurelius

Marcus wasn't much of a philosopher in my book, but he has insights into living, that help me keep on course most of the time. Simple observations about perspective, moderation and doing the right thing are my main take-aways from his writings. 

Marcus and I both agree on this: you should have a little beauty in your life today. Enjoy it now for today is certain, tomorrow is a maybe.

Happy Friday!


#philosophy   #tulips  ___

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2015-04-22 22:39:48 (17 comments, 6 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. (Ray Bradbury)

No matter how hard you try to be what you once were, you can only be what you are here and now. (Ray Bradbury)___

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2015-04-22 21:42:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

What a fantastic episode! High-School students working together with mentors to digitize Cepheid variable catalogs. 

What a fantastic episode! High-School students working together with mentors to digitize Cepheid variable catalogs. ___

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